Matiatia Coastal Walkway will once again be transformed into an artscape like no other for Sculpture on the Gulf 2022. Sculpture on the Gulf might only be 35 minutes by ferry from Auckland, but it aims to take us much further – into the hearts and minds of our most outstanding artists.

Gather your people and get ready to walk, play, connect, reflect. Enjoy! The 2022 event has an expanded event footprint, which will include artworks in the Oneroa Artworks precinct, a small works sculpture exhibition and more…..

‘Savour the zest of the moment when sculpture jumps into nature’s lap.’ The New Yorker

Our Matiatia headland is tūrangawaewae – a place for all artists to stand tall.

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The Sculpture Walk

Various walkways and stairs connect the 2km coastal walk. The walk takes 1.5 to 2.5 hours to enjoy; meander along, take in the magnificent views and, of course, the stars of the show: the sculptures!

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The 2022 Artists

The organisers of Waiheke Island’s Perpetual Guardian Sculpture on the Gulf 2022 (SOTG 2022) have now finalised the line-up of artists who will take part in next year’s event, having received what its Board describes as “an incredible response” to its call for submissions.

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The History

The first “Sculpture on the Gulf” outdoor sculpture exhibition took place in February 2003 and was based on the exhibition model of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi in Sydney. It was the brainchild of a group of Waiheke Islanders with an interest in outdoor sculpture and the desire to do something for the Waiheke community and was developed in friendly co-operation with David Handley, founder of Sculpture by the Sea. They included Jackie O’Brien (then Director of the Waiheke Community Art Gallery) and those known as “the founding benefactors” – Ruth Foreman, Sue Fisher and John and Jo Gow.

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Event Times

  • Monday – Thursday 10am – 4pm
  • Friday – Saturday 9am – 6pm
  • Sunday 9am – 4pm


  • Matiatia Coastal Walkway
  • Waiheke Island